Both sides returned to the pitch at Stamford Bridge having made no changes, but it to personnel or approach. Both Martin Skrtel and Maxi Rodriguez have returned after appearing to have pick up first half knocks, though Liverpool supporters may not relish Maxi's return, after his missed sitter. Chelsea has come out with Nicolas Anelka persisting in his withdrawn attacker's role.
Looking to the bench for options, a defensively set-up Liverpool (logically) has an attack-heavy bench, with Luis Suaréz, David N'gog and Milan Jovanovic all options for Kenny Dalglish. Fabio Aurelio could also be called, should Dalglish desire some width on the left.
For Chelsea, Florent Malouda and Salomon Kalou are the most logical choices, with Carlo Ancelotti having the option of pulling Fernando Torres off and going with the approach the team's employed throughout the season. Of note, however, is the absence of Ramires, the Brazilian midfielder failing to make the team for today's match.
Now in the 54th minute, the teams are playing out a cagey opening 10 minutes, with Chelsea starting to show some imagination in the final third. Still, the teams are tied 0-0 early in the second period.